Wind Farm Plan Approved

The Pasquotank County Commissioners joined Perquimans County Commissioners in approving the plan for a 20,000 acre wind farm, according to the Daily Advance.

Atlantic Wind has proposed to put up 150 turbines that will produce 300 megawatts of power -- enough to power 70,000 homes a year.. About 80 of the project's wind turbines would go in Pasquotank. The rest would be in neighboring Perquimans County in the northeast corner of the state.

The state approved the project earlier this year. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012, with the wind farm up and spinning in 2013.



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The Pasquotank County Planning Council will meet next week to consider a permit application for a large-scale wind farm.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the council will meet Wednesday to discuss an application from companies involved in the Desert Wind Energy Project. The project was approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Tuesday.

About 80 of the project's 150 wind turbines would go in Pasquotank. The rest would be in neighboring Perquimans County in the northeast corner of the state.

Most of the 20,000 acres in the project would remain as farmland with the 475-foot turbines operating on 2 percent of the land. The project is expected to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 70,000 homes a year.


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  • by eddie on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    Let's cont. to use nature. Wind & solar power, then closed the nuc plants before we have the Japan tragedy. God provides, man is not smarter than God. He does remind us. PS all of you non beleivers save your time please. You can also be reminded.
  • by cj on Jun 14, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    OSOC for president! keep up the good work!!! you people who constantly bash him/her need to do some research of your own, and stop drinking the koolaid. it's been poisoned!!!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:40 PM in reply to cj
      Thanks CJ, the point is 90% of these posts are from liberal web sites, not from facts or truth. Let them bash me...as long as they do...I can out research them, out type them and out post them. I watch Facts News for the truth, they go to CNN for the conjecture and theory of what a liberal commenator thinks. I check out Fox News for the story...I am yet to find a half truth. They hate it...I love it...like Palin...they said she was not smart...then Obama said there were 57 states...well, he didn't have his teleprompter...thanks!
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      by Pitiful on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:24 PM in reply to cj
      For every "opinionated post" Snake Oil posts, You can find 15 in support with FACTS not opinions about the positive effect of Wind Farms.
  • by Puh-Leez on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    If these wind farms were good enough for the Kennedy's, then they are....ummmm oops, the ..uhh...Kennedy's were against the wind farms...(i.e. eye sore)
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    One more...mechanics lean on property owners? Google Iberdrola renewables lawsuit....read away. Lawsuits...http://jeffersonleaningleft.blogspot.com/2011/04/industrial-wind-law-suits-will-become.html
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    One more site...if you people did you research on your own thats one thing...you like to be told. More info; http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2011/06/14/turbine-health-effects-are-blowing-in-the-wind/
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    Just to give you the facts from my post, its 5 coal fired plants that will be shut down due to the EPA; http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/165651-aep-epa-regs-will-cost-billions-and-result-in-five-closed-plants
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      by Barlow on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      When it doesn't pay to pollute they will quit and ONLY THEN. I come from a small town where industry found it cheaper to pay the fines. Year after year they polluted until the river that went through our town was dead. no life. no fish, no plants. only slime and that stench every morning coming from the river . Finally, the fines got higher than the cost to make the necessary changes not to pollute. Our river is back and maybe some people had to pay a little more for a product and maybe they had to go to work somewhere else because of layoffs but in the end, we have to change or live in your own filth.
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        by cj on Jun 14, 2011 at 02:21 PM in reply to Barlow
        HA! that explains it! my guess is your drinking water came from that river too? have many swims in it, too did you? thanks for providing the source of you mental ailments, barlow.
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      by Really? - DC on Jun 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Looks to me as if American Electric Power decided to shut down the plants as opposed to retrofiring them to comply with the same regulations that ALL other coal producers will have to comply with. The regulations are objective and do not specifically target individual companies, so I have no sempathy for this company deciding to shut down their facilities as opposed to updating/upgrading their equipment. Seems to me that their thinking was "Drats, they caught us. Oh well, it is cheaper to shut down these 5 plants rather than add the necessary upgrades to preserve these plants and our workers jobs. Oh well, we can still make our current profit margins by closing these facilities and reducing our payroll" - simply put, when company profits suffer, the first people to go are at the bottom of the pay scale. These plants are not being lost BECAUSE of EPA, they are being lost because they operated inefficiently and cheaply so that the company could maximize profits while not being concerned with profound environmental and health impacts.
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        by Fact Bringer on Jun 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM in reply to Really? - DC
        Yes, these were items of basic compliance, and the regulations were already loosened during a previous administration. These companies need to line up with the other companies in the industry.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    I guess the little birdies will have to wear little helmets.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    Thanks to oBLAHmas energy policies,your power bill is expected to go up 60% by years end.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to
      Necessarily, of course.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    If you do some investigating much of what OSOC says is true. Wind and solar are both very inefficient. I'm all for alternative energy, but within reason. How do we want our rural landscapes to be used? Farm or forests maybe? How about enormous areas of featureless, wildlife-unfriendly wind and solar fields. Is this how we want to use up our rural landscapes, when other technologies can do the same job on a fraction of the landscape??
  • by Dark Horse Location: NC on Jun 14, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    Europe has had wind turbines for years. They're common in the Midwest and Southwest. I'm for anything to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And hearing them 20 miles away is pure and utter nonsense. OSOC, please get a clue.
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